Automatic First Downs

This page shows all penalties that resulted in an automatic first down based on the type of penalty. There are many additional penalties that based on the penalty yardage and distance remaining resulted in a first down.

"3rd & Long" is 3rd down and 6 or more yards. "Desperation" is 3rd and 10 or more or 4th and 6 or more. "Yardage Mitigated" is the total yardage the team had left to get a first down when the flag was thrown granting a gratis first down. Remember: There are more first down plays than 2nd down plays, more 2nd down plays than 3rd, and so on.

Beneficiary means the team benefitted from the penalty. Declined and Offsetting penalties are not shown in this table. Penalties occuring on special teams are not included.

The table below contains the following penalties: Defensive Holding (226), Defensive Pass Interference (215), Illegal Contact (106), Illegal Use of Hands (104), Roughing the Passer (99), Face Mask (15 Yards) (59), Personal Foul (31), and Tripping (5)

TeamGamesTotal1st Down2nd Down3rd Down4th Down3rd & LongDesperationYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Seattle191.5790.4210.5790.5790.0000.3160.15812.52616.842
New Orleans161.5630.5000.3130.6880.0630.5000.25013.25015.875
Atlanta161.4380.5630.4380.3130.0630.1880.06312.81314.438
Cincinnati171.6470.5290.4710.5880.0000.3530.29414.05913.824
Buffalo161.9380.8130.6880.3750.0630.3130.12517.93819.500
N.Y. Jets161.4380.6250.3750.3750.0630.3130.25013.56315.563
Dallas181.8890.6670.6670.3330.1670.2780.05613.83315.722
Denver171.8820.4710.5880.7650.0000.4120.11815.23517.471
Detroit172.1760.6470.8240.7060.0000.3530.05919.76518.824
San Diego162.3130.6250.6881.0000.0000.6880.31320.18825.000
Pittsburgh171.7650.6470.6470.4710.0000.1180.05914.70617.118
Minnesota161.6250.7500.4380.4380.0000.2500.06314.25015.313
New England192.4741.0530.6320.7890.0000.5790.26322.78923.526
Arizona171.7060.5880.5880.5290.0000.3530.23515.64714.824
Tennessee161.2500.5000.1880.5630.0000.3130.0639.62514.063
Jacksonville161.0630.6250.0630.3750.0000.2500.12510.1259.125
Kansas City161.0000.4380.0630.5000.0000.2500.1258.37510.125
Oakland161.8130.5630.4380.7500.0630.3750.12514.12518.625
Houston162.0000.5631.0630.3750.0000.3130.25019.43821.063
Indianapolis191.4210.6320.4210.3680.0000.0530.05310.05315.579
Baltimore181.1670.5560.1110.5000.0000.1670.0008.55610.222
Cleveland162.0000.6880.8750.3750.0630.3130.18817.81318.875
Green Bay181.3890.3330.4440.5000.0560.2220.11110.22212.611
N.Y. Giants161.3130.6880.5000.1250.0000.0630.06312.93815.313
Washington161.8130.8130.3130.6880.0000.2500.12514.50024.438
St. Louis161.1880.1880.3130.6880.0000.1880.0638.00016.500
San Francisco161.8750.5630.5000.8130.0000.6250.18816.62513.750
Carolina180.9440.2220.3330.3890.0000.3890.2228.55612.333
Chicago160.8750.2500.3130.3130.0000.1880.1257.06314.375
Tampa Bay161.3750.5000.4380.3750.0630.2500.12512.0008.938
Philadelphia161.8750.6250.4380.7500.0630.5000.31318.12520.625
Miami160.7500.3750.2500.0000.0630.0000.0006.0009.563
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